How to Throw a Cinco De Mayo Party with Old El Paso

April 30, 2024
creamy fajitas with sweet potatoes served on blue plate
As May approaches, so does Cinco De Mayo! A day that’s all about history and vibrant festivities, perfect for gathering friends and family to celebrate Mexican culture. Are you thinking about throwing a get together this Cinco De Mayo? In this guide, we'll take you through how to host a memorable outdoor party with Old El Paso dinner ideas and ways to honour Mexican culture.

When is Cinco De Mayo and Why Do We Celebrate It?

Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. While it’s not Mexico's Independence Day, it's a day widely embraced as a time to celebrate Mexican culture, resilience, and tradition.

Planning Your Cinco De Mayo Party

Festive Entertainment Ideas Hang papel picado

Cinco De Mayo Decoration Ideas

Decorating your space for Cinco De Mayo will require some planning. Add a pop of colour to your space with bright tissue paper pom poms, bold flowers in old glass jars, and hanging strings of papel picado.

Depending on time, you could even create a festive photo backdrop using fake flowers or other props as a great way to capture memories with your guests.

What to Wear to a Cinco De Mayo Party

If you want to embrace the spirit of Cinco De Mayo with your outfit, you’ll need some vibrant attire! Think colourful ruffled skirts, summer prints, vivid shoes, large earrings, bright makeup and embroidered blouses.

Don’t forget to also bring something to keep you warm as the evening goes on! A denim jacket can add a casual touch to your Cino De Mayo outfit and keep the evening chill away.

Mouth-Watering Cinco De Mayo Dinner Ideas

Cinco De Mayo food layed on the table

The Main Attractions - Tacos, Fajitas, and More

Now that the décor and outfits are sorted, it’s time to think about the food! Nothing says party like a taco or fajita bar. With Old El Paso's dinner kits, you can easily prepare a variety of fillings and toppings, allowing guests to customise their meals. Don't forget the guacamole and salsa for that extra zing!

Cinco De Mayo Nachos

Side Dishes and Snacks

Complement your main dishes with sides that everyone will love. Think of serving a vibrant Mexican rice, a refreshing jicama and watermelon salad, or even a make-ahead chunky guacamole to pair with some salted nachos! The important thing is to strike a balance and make sure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Cinco De Mayo  Activities and Games

Incorporate fun activities like a DIY piñata filled with treats, a spicy hot sauce tasting challenge, or even a game of Lotería to keep the party lively and engaging for all ages.

Enjoy Your Cinco De Mayo with Old El Paso

Ready to celebrate? Cinco De Mayo is a great time to enjoy the company of loved ones and savour the flavours of Mexican cuisine while learning more about Mexican culture and heritage. Let Old El Paso’s kits, condiments and sauces help make your Cinco De Mayo celebration one to remember and check out an easy recipe to get you started below!